Our Mission

By providing expansive learning programs and networking opportunities, the Dulye Leadership Experience (DLE) delivers premiere professional development for individuals who are passionate about their career and their community.

Our commitment to inspiring people to take ownership of their careers has been steadfast since our start. In 2008, the DLE was established in partnership with Syracuse University as visionary, immersive training to prepare undergraduates to successfully transition into the workplace. Entirely funded and managed by Linda Dulye, a dedicated Syracuse alumna, this pioneering program helped hundreds launch careers in diverse industries, locations and positions.

In 2017, the DLE changed direction. Through the sustained funding of its philanthropic founder, the DLE developed a new curriculum designed to support individuals who are already in the workforce, most of them in the early stages of their career. It offered innovative, in-person programs to help rising leaders in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts grow in their careers and build valuable professional and personal networks.

And then came 2020. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic brought about huge changes in the workplace—and the DLE responded. Thanks to our agile shift to virtual online platforms, we were able to keep the momentum going each week. Today, our professional development programs are better and more far-reaching than ever. They continue to expand the mindset, skills, and networks of a motivated, multi-generational community that spans the entire country.

The DLE is truly unique. Becoming a member of the community is completely free of charge and open to all, regardless of geographic location, industry, job title or experience. We offer a welcoming, supportive community and a sincere commitment to inspire our members to be their best and do their best—thereby benefiting not only themselves and their careers but also their organizations, their communities and each other.

Years of Inspiring
% Increase in 2020 Programs
Weeks of Free Skills Support
Cost of a DLE Membership

The DLE continues to explore new ways to connect community members with new learning resources and extraordinary people for professional development. We broke new ground in January 2021 by producing a Virtual Comedy Hour that roused robust laughs and camaraderie from coast-to-coast.

Since then, we’ve launched a new website for easier access to our program calendar and registration. We’ve reinforced our commitment to our Berkshire home base through the volunteer spirit of DLE members participating in Downtown Pittsfield’s Cleanup Program. And, at a time when the opportunity to learn new skills has been limited, we have created more than 21 hours of new, fee-free content for skills sharpening on the DLE YouTube Channel.

The graphic below recaps some highlights from the first six months of 2021.

Regardless of location, industry or title, the DLE brings people together through innovative, inclusive experiences that expand mindsets and networks. As one of our DLE Committee volunteers recently declared, “It has given me new points of view to bring back to my work.”

Our Advisory Board

Cam Besse

Cam is relentlessly dedicated to building community and propelling others towards their personal and financial goals. As an Account Executive at Berkshire Fairfield Insurance/Scarafoni Financial Group in Pittsfield MA, he solves his client’s complex business insurance and risk management needs.

Previously, Cam was an Insurance Professional at Liberty Mutual. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

A devoted supporter of his clients and Berkshire County, Cam is a 2019 Dulye Leadership Experience Gen Now Retreat Finalist, a Mentor for the Entrepreneurship for All initiative, and serves on the Membership Committee for the Country Club of Pittsfield.

Away from work, he spends time in the community–enjoying local businesses, connecting with fellow young professionals, and golfing with family and friends.

Kalee Carmel

Kalee Carmel is a motivated, organized young professional with Berkshire County roots. Her career portfolio includes positions in customer relations, scheduling management and office operations.

In her role as an Account Manager at CompuWorks in Pittsfield, MA, a leading Managed IT and Technology Success Provider, Kalee bridges gaps between clients and their information technology needs to support business success. Prior to joining CompuWorks, she held roles of Executive and Office Manager at 18 Degrees Family Services for Western Massachusetts, Compliance Coordinator at Bay State Elevator Company and Head Teller, Loan Trained at TD Bank.

In addition to serving on the Advisory Board of the Dulye Leadership Experience (underwritten by Dulye & Co.), she holds roles on the DLE’s Recruitment and Engagement and Programming Committees. She is President on the Board of Berkshire Business and Professional Women and serves on their Scholarship and Woman of Achievement Committees, is a weekly volunteer at Berkshire Humane Society and a 1Berkshire Ambassador.

Kalee is passionate about the Berkshires and personal and professional development. She is always looking to sharpen her leadership skills. She is a 2019 Dulye Leadership Experience Gen Now Retreat Finalist, and a graduate of both Pittsfield’s Citizen’s Academy and 1Berkshire’s Berkshire Leadership Program.

Away from work, Kalee enjoys reading, exploring outdoors and spending time with family and friends. Her favorite accomplishment is being a fur mom to her dog Toyo and rabbits Sammy and Bill.

Michelle Lopez

Michelle is the Executive Director of Berkshire Immigrant Center (BIC) located in Pittsfield, MA. Prior to joining BIC, Michelle was the Assistant Director for Study Abroad at Brandeis University and the Resident Director for the Institute for Study Abroad in Havana, Cuba.

She has a B.A. in Anthropology from SUNY New Paltz and an M.A. in Caribbean Studies from the University at Buffalo.

Michelle’s community involvement includes serving on the Berkshire County Complete Count Committee, the Berkshire Blueprint Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Women Heads of Nonprofits of Western Massachusetts. She is a 2019 Dulye Leadership Experience Gen Now Retreat Finalist who loves swimming, travel, salsa dancing with her husband, and her Cuban dog Lula!

Aleah Marrow

Aleah Marrow is a professional tennis player, storyteller, screenwriter, speaker, and a dedicated community contributor. 

A student athlete and graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in Communications and Rhetorical Studies, Aleah travels around the world competing in professional tennis tournaments. Her time on the road and in the air have enabled her to pursue another career passion–screenwriting. She has completed three scripts and is actively networking with screenwriters in the industry. 

In addition to her professional activities, Aleah spends a large amount of time in mentor and volunteer roles in her community in Durham, NC. She credits her mother’s dedication to volunteer service for over 25 years as her inspiration. 

Aleah spends on average 12 hours each week mentoring and teaching K-12 children. Her goals with her mentoring are to instill discipline, dedication, mindfulness, confidence through achievement, and accountability and to help facilitate the connection between them and their gifts. 

A member of the DLE Culture Chat Committee, Aleah has helped produce numerous DLE programs and served as co-host for the DLE’s Inaugural Virtual Comedy Hour.

Ben O'Shaughnessy

Ben is a consultant, entrepreneur and veteran based in Pittsfield, MA. He started his career in New York State government, where he was selected to serve as part of the Governor’s Excelsior Fellowship Program and placed at the Office of General Services. He has served in the U.S. Army Reserve since 2011, with one overseas deployment under Operation Enduring Freedom (Trans-Sahara).

Most recently he has worked as a consultant in the areas of leadership, community and economic development. He has worked on projects for clients as diverse as the Department of Defense, New York State and Los Angeles County. He has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History as well as a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University at Albany.

Since February 2020, Ben has led an effort with several partners to acquire and refurbish workforce housing in the City of Pittsfield. He currently manages five properties with multiple rehab projects underway. In 2021, he launched a new property management company with his wife Brynna to better facilitate the growth and stewardship of his team’s portfolio. Ben and Brynna are the parents of toddler Henry.

Danielle Sanders

A native of the Berkshires, Danielle’s high energy and motivation have culled a diverse career portfolio with stints in project coordination, project management, business strategy and user experience.

At present, she works as a user experience generalist for General Dynamic Mission Systems, based in Pittsfield, MA. Her position aligns ideally with her passion for people—by focusing on user research and design to assist teams in building products, services and tools that align with people’s wants, needs and goals.

Danielle holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Bridgewater State University. She is an ardent supporter of the DLE community and actively volunteers in DLE community outreach and other programs.

Away from work, she spends time in the Berkshires’ great outdoors hiking with her pooch, Milo. She also enjoys camping, snowshoeing, snowboarding and spending time with her close relatives.

Scott Smith

Captain Scott Smith serves as Director of Command Training at Surface Warfare School in Newport, RI, where he and his team are responsible for training and evaluating the senior leadership commanding and managing the Navy’s 225 surface ships and 12 aircraft carriers.  

In 2019, he was a faculty member at the DLE Gen Now Retreat and has been actively involved in DLE programming ever since.

For nearly four years, Scott was the Commanding Officer on the USS MICHAEL MONSOOR (DDG 1001) and, along with his crew, sailed the ship on its maiden voyage from Bath, ME to San Diego, CA for its historic commissioning on Jan 26, 2019. This remarkable crew earned honorable mention in the Secretary of the Navy Innovation Award and was the only entry to focus on leadership and personal development.

Scott previously commanded USS KLAKRING (FFG 42), where his shipmates and he completed two six-month deployments in less than two years. His past at-sea assignments include five deployments from the east and west coasts in USS DONALD B. BEARY (FF 1085), USS COLE (DDG 67), USS STETHEM (DDG 63), USS RAMAGE (DDG 61), and as Chief Staff Officer for the Commander, Destroyer Squadron 28 embarked in USS EISENHOWER (CVN 69) and USS BOXER (LHD 4). Crews from these ships cumulatively earned multiple Battle Efficiency Awards, and Joint, Navy, and Meritorious Unit Commendations.
Scott has served as a Combat Systems Instructor at Surface Warfare Officers School; as a strategist and Speechwriter to the Commander, US Fleet Forces Command; as a special assistant and Speechwriter to the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey; as Deputy to the Secretary of Defense’s Senior Advisor for Military Professionalism; and, as the Chairman of the Joint Military Operations Department at the Naval War College.
A lifelong learner, Scott is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. He completed Master’s Degrees from the University of Massachusetts (Professional Writing) and the National War College (National Security Strategy). He has also completed certificates from the University of Massachusetts (Journalism) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Defense Technology). He serves on the Editorial Board of the US Naval Institute Proceedings Magazine, the Navy’s professional publication.

Scott is surrounded by the women in his life: Sophie and Kelsea, his teenage daughters, keep him busy with sports and schoolwork. Along with his wife Kim, he enjoys restoring their home in Portsmouth and cooking together. In the early morning hours when no one else is awake, Scott enjoys reading, writing, and fly-fishing. In non-COVID times, he participates in Scottish Highland games where he throws sticks and stones for fun.

Linda Dulye, President

Linda Dulye is the founder and president of Dulye & Co., a leader in workplace engagement practices that help companies and their employees go spectator free.

Since 1998, Dulye & Co. has partnered with General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Rolls-Royce, Tyco, CIGNA, Cardinal Health, United Technologies, Bobcat, DRS Technologies, Thermo Fisher Scientific, the Army Corps of Engineers and other respected organizations to proactively engage their workforces through innovative and interactive communication and collaboration practices. The firm’s award-winning Spectator-Free Workplace™ programs have delivered positive, measurable change in productivity, retention and morale.

Prior to starting her company, Linda held leadership positions in corporate communications and change management for General Electric, Duracell, Allied Signal, Grey Advertising and Public Service Electric and Gas. An active coach, author and speaker on leadership development and workforce engagement, Linda has been a columnist for Fox News Business and featured in major media, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Industry Week.

Dulye & Co. is the exclusive underwriter of the Dulye Leadership Experience (DLE). Since 2008, this professional development organization has been creating meaningful connections and personal transformations for rising leaders across the U.S. through its premiere learning and networking opportunities–most available at no charge year-round thanks to Linda’s philanthropy. In 2020, responding to the escalation of remote work due to the pandemic, the DLE grew fivefold its innovative curriculum of virtual programs that united hundreds from diverse industries, positions and experiences.

Raised in New York’s Hudson Valley, Linda worked in her family’s commercial printing and newspaper businesses from youth to college years. She earned degrees from Syracuse University (B.A.) and Drew University (M.A.). She began her professional career as a daily newspaper reporter in greater Philadelphia.

Linda and her husband, Roger, enjoy lake living in the Berkshires with visiting family (3 grown children) and rescued animal and bird companions. Her community involvement has been extensive—volunteering as a hospital pastoral minister, an elementary school tutor, a greeter at the world-renowned Tanglewood Music Center, and leader in the local African Catholic community. She is on the faculty of Berkshire Community College’s Culinary & Hospitality Program and is actively involved with Berkshire Business & Professional Women, serving as a co-founder of its Mentorship Program. She instructs emerging entrepreneurs in EforAll in the Berkshires and serves on the Board of the Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation.

Committed to being fit, Linda rows, cycles, spins, swims, and kayaks. Her steadfast support of civic, community and business vitality has earned her the prestigious Berkshire 25 Award for creating impact. She is a popular speaker at industry conferences, corporate seminars and academic symposiums.

To watch Linda talk about her background and professional journey, click below:

Nicole Laureyns

Nicole brings experiences from numerous fast-paced, high-growth industries, including clean beauty, travel and HVAC. She has worked with businesses of various sizes and stages.

Over the past eight years, she has worked closely with business owners and across teams to create efficiencies and harmonize activities in the workplace.

In her current role, she supports Dulye & Co. and the Dulye Leadership Experience, working alongside President Linda Dulye in day-to-day operations that involve data management, member/client engagement, measurement practices, communications, event planning and marketing strategies.

Prior to joining Dulye & Co., Nicole held a key operations role at Berkshire-based Laureyns United, Inc., where she was actively involved in the merger of two, locally-owned HVAC companies, taking on numerous managerial roles in administration, technology and marketing. She was instrumental in implementing a paperless system for field technicians, the establishment of a mobile device management (MDM) system to deploy and monitor over 70 company-owned devices, and the creation of a new brand identity.

Prior to her substantial role within her family’s business, she worked in a niche area of the travel industry at Premier Tours, LLC helping to plan custom incentive trips for broadcasting stations.

Nicole earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design & Digital Media from Champlain College and has lent her creative eye to branding materials and logo development.

Outside of work, she is an avid music lover and enjoys hiking, traveling and cross-stitching. As a new resident of Los Angeles, California, she is excited to explore what the Golden State has to offer.

  • Attending the Breakfast Club for the first time, I felt so willing to be a part of the shared experiences that everyone gave in a personal way about their professional lives. There is nothing like the DLE in Brazil. - Lucas Valois, Marketing Analyst, GMC IST
  • Presenting to the Dulye Leadership Experience was particularly enjoyable because the eagerness, authenticity and connectedness of the community was so palpable.  In my experience, finding such a high level of realness and mutual appreciation is a rare thing.  Bravo to DLE on creating a community that really feels like community." - Karden Rabin, Founder of the Stress School and Boundless
  • For those looking to jumpstart career and personal goals this fall, I highly recommend the Dulye Leadership Experience. Linda Dulye has been a great mentor for me and many others since the beginning of this program in 2008." - David Bell, Chief of Staff, Wipro Limited
  • That weekend in the beautiful Berkshires of Massachusetts changed my life. Linda Dulye, as well as, the amazing people she assembled to create the Dulye Leadership Experience, help me find my passion. At the DLE I decided I wanted to become a financial advisor. Over the past two years, Linda and the DLE community have helped me achieved my goal. Now at the age of 24 years. I’m a fully licensed financial advisor studying for his CFA Level 1." - Marcus Coleman, Registered Client Service Associate, Raymond James
  • The DLE Gen Now will help you take your career to the next level, no matter which industry you are in, or how much experience you have. You will be inspired, challenged, and coached by a diverse network of professionals who can offer everything from leadership training to financial advice. You will leave the weekend motivated to prepared to be a better professional and person — and have a whole team of people in your corner, cheering you on and holding you accountable for years to come!" - Danielle Waugh, Investigative Reporter, WPEC
  • I don’t say this often, but the Dulye Leadership Experience was easily one of the most life-altering events to happen in my life. I knew I had the skills needed to be successful, but this weekend-long program was the catalyst for putting it all together and working in a way that allowed me to thrive in not only my professional life but my personal life as well. Over the course of a weekend, I learned how to sharpen my networking skills, be confident around others, learn to keep track of my finances, and how to collaborate and be a valued voice in the room." - Jesse Noll, Manager of Content & Experiences, Wavemaker
  • It never ceased to amaze me how the DLE has been a magnet for people all over the country; all of whom share a similar desire to build community, experience growth and give back." - Cam Besse, DLE Advisory Board Member, Account Executive, Berkshire Fairfield Insurance Agency
  • The openness and willingness of the DLE community to connect with new members, encourage them to do their best, and support them during these trying times has been invaluable.  In a world where we can mostly only connect with people virtually this year, I have never felt alone nor isolated thanks to the wonderful DLE community." - Kaled Rocha, Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
  • As difficult as this year has been for so many of us, when we can take some time and find something good in our lives, it totally makes a world of difference.  Thank you for all the work you do!  I can say the DLE has been such a wonderful experience in my life this year - for that I am very thankful!" - Nicole Hall, Advanced ILS Technician, General Dynamics Mission Systems
  • I really look forward to the 10-second poll results in the HUB newsletter.  I believe it helps keep the pulse on what is happening with the DLE community and is a quick litmus test.  I like it so much, I have done it with my own organization.  I appreciate the help and only wish I had found DLE earlier in my career." - Nicole Ferry, Special Agent in Charge, CSX Police Department
  • For years, I've been blessed by the energy, community, and camaraderie of the DLE network.  While networking and learning opportunities have always been high quality, it's truly the people who make it such a special experience." - Dr. Andrea Lein, PHD, Clinical Psychologist, and DLE Retreat Faculty Member
  • I had tons of fun on the Breakfast Club zoom.  Hearing from such interesting people was fantastic and it sounds like the DLE experience has been transformative for many." - Tim Goggins, Associate Dean of Admissions at Blair Academy
  • My mission in life is to serve and pour inspiration and motivation into people daily.  The DLE provided a platform to share my story among entrepreneurs and professionals from all different backgrounds at the Breakfast Club." - Lou Alexander, CEO/Founder of BIG A88 JOGGER
  • The DLE is centered around the connections between interesting people and impactful conversations." - Nicole Hall, Advanced Integrated Logistics Support Technician, General Dynamics Mission Systems
  • Linda Dulye is the real deal creating community and adding value to our lives as professionals.  If you could benefit from a safe space for mentoring which will help you troubleshoot and navigate the real world after college, join the DLE community." - Nayma Silver, Founder & Executive Director, Project Beauty Experience Inc.
  • When invited to speak at the DLE Breakfast Club, I was immediately excited when I learned that we would be meeting virtually at 7AM.  I am a firm believer that early birds get the worms and it was just that.  Everyone was attentive, curious and genuinely cared about my story and advice.  Many of the participants were still on the video call an hour after we finished the formal program just to ask questions and soak up knowledge.  What a wonderful community, experience and initiative to inspire our next generation of thinkers and entrepreneurs of all ages!  Much love and respect to Linda Dulye for curating such a safe, diverse and thoughtful space for the community. " - Derrell Smith, Former NFL Player, Owner of 99EATS, Creator of Amazeballs
  • Thank you so much for bringing me into your wonderful community.  It was such a pleasure to be there and see what an amazing group you've cultivated.   Whenever I chat or speak, it is always centered around fitness, and it was such a change-up for me to be able to talk about risk-taking in business!" - Gina DiNapoli, Founder/Owner, JABS by Gina
  • I look forward to Friday Mornings with the DLE Breakfast Club.  I love waking up, making a coffee and tuning into a new topic that I can learn and grow form.  The sense of community, even virtually, is what keeps me coming back for more." - Beth Gilbert, Youth Case Manager, 18 Degrees